Southern Jelly Palm
Recently divided off as a new species from Butia odorata (= B. capitata var. odorata), this smallish Butia is native to a coastal vegetation type on white sand known as restinga, in Santa Catarina and northeasternmost Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. Some features that set it apart are its compact, wind resistant habit with a short trunk that rarely grows to 2 m tall, a small crown with often stiff, upright leaves and its small fruits and small ellipsoid seeds. Seeds and plants of this species have in the past been distributed as B. capitata var. odorata, B. odorata or B. capitata "Nana". A Butia cultivated in France as B. capitata var. strictior might belong in this species.